My thanks to Noric Dilanchian (Dilanchian Lawyers & Consultants, Sydney) for drawing my attention to a useful update on the extent of blogging by lawyers at large US law firms: State of the AmLaw 200 Blogosphere, August 2007.
The AMLaw list is a 20 plus year list of the 200 biggest law firms in the US. The list is a little below 200 now because of recent mergers.
The author of the piece runs a blog technology platform, Lexblog. Main conclusions.
Of the firms on the 2006 AMLaw list, 39 firms were blogging.
From those firms, the author found a total of 74 blogs. 56 of these blogs were firm branded (meaning they had the firm's logo prominently displayed on the page). 18 were not branded, indicating that the lawyer was operating their blog independently of or at a distance from their firm. Of the 74 blogs, 33 belonged to LexBlog clients.
As Noric said in his email to me, the variety of legal areas or topics evident in the blog names is remarkable. In his words: I'll call it "variety of the crowds" and note it reflects the expanding universe of law today.